A young girl was struck by a 105-mph foul ball on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
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NEW YORK – How shameful is it that the New York Yankees still haven’t extended the protective netting near the playing field, stalling while their fans are in danger?
If a two-year-old girl getting struck in the face by a line drive on Wednesday doesn’t compel ownership to act, what else is left besides the unthinkable?
There are no words to properly describe the trauma that ensued in the moments after Todd Frazier’s missile struck the child in the stands behind third base. The ballpark went silent as medical personnel rushed to the girl’s seat, frantically administering first aid before she was put in an ambulance, her grandfather in tow.
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Frazier looked ready to pass out, kneeling in distress at home plate as the scene unfolded. Minnesota Twins third baseman Eduardo Escobar was equally distraught, standing with both hands on his head. Frazier, though, took it the worst. He still hadn’t come to grips with the near-tragedy some 45 minutes after the Yankees’ 11-3 rout of the Twins, tearing up as he told reporters, “I saw the whole thing…it was terrible. It was tough to watch, tough to be part of.”
Citing HIPAA privacy laws, the Yankees declined to identify the girl or shed light on her condition. Other than saying she’d been transported to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. club officials were legally bound to say nothing. Second-hands news in the clubhouse, however, suggested the toddler would be okay. A disaster had been averted – this time.
But how many more near misses does it take to address the insanity of leaving the public at the mercy of 100-mph line drives? Frazier was right when he said, “those balls are hooking, too. Most fans don’t see anything like that (in their day to day lives).”
A kid – or even adult – is dealing with the equivalent of a smart bomb, utterly defenseless. Ballplayers are bigger and stronger than ever. Balls coming off Aaron Judge’s bat exceed have reached 120-mph this year; one of his foul balls…